New arts and culture venue at the Town Hall

A new space for arts and culture events was launched last Friday at the Old Museum in Oxford Town Hall.

This is the first stage in a three year programme to refurbish the Old Museum.  A new programme of activities will take place at the venue, including Dancin’ Oxford performances, Oxford Playhouse shows, Flintlock Theatre productions, Ashmolean pre-Live Friday events and live music from Oxford Contemporary Music.

Events for children in their break from school

FAMILY DANCE WEEK with Dancin’ OXFORD 26 October-3 November

FAMILY WORKSHOPS at the Old Fire Station, George Street
Saturday 26 October 11.00 & 2.00 ages 3-6 show Wriggle dance theatre ‘Once in a blue moon’ show : £4 each show & Sunday workshop deal : £6 each

Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November 10.00 & 2.00 ages 5-11 workshop with Tac-au-Tac dance

THE SEASONS morning workshops with live music; afternoons with a visual artist

£50 (£40 income related concessions) family ticket for the week
SPECIAL OFFER £80 (£60) for morning and afternoon – for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children!

FAMILY WORKSHOPS at the Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road
Sunday 27 October 11.00 for ages 3-6 Wriggle dance theatre
show : £4 each workshop & Saturday show deal : £6 each
booking for all the above : 01865 305 305

Baby boogie – Pegasus Funday Sundays for 5s and under with their families Sunday 3 November 11.00 & 2.00 dance workshop FREE

12.00 & 3.00 disco with creative activities £7 adults, £3 children concessions booking : 01865 812 150

STUDENT WORKSHOPS at the Old Fire Station, George Street
English National Ballet, Centre Stage series : Le Corsaire Youth Ballet workshop
Inspired by the ballet being performed by the company at the New Theatre
Wednesday 30 October 6.00-8.00 age 12-16 £10 age 16+ £12
booking :

FAMILY BUSHCRAFT DAY Saturday 26 October 10.00-2.00
The Hill End Centre, Eynsham Road, Farmoor OX2 9NJ FULLY BOOKED – watch out for more dates

bring suitable outdoor clothing, waterproofs and a packed lunch.
adults £7, children £3 10% discount for Friends of Hill End 01865 863 510


SATURDAY SCIENCE CLUB Saturday 26 October 11.00 and 2.00 for children aged 5-8 with Science Oxford at Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road

SLIME TIME Things are getting a little spooky in this month’s Science Club. Come and try some slimy experiments and monster creations????if you dare!
children £5, adults free! book on 01865 810 000


THE HALLOWE’EN SHOW Thursday 31 October 11.00 and 3.00 for age 6+
The Guildhall, Abbey Place, Abingdon OX14 3HL
Things aren’t what they seem in this fun and interactive family science show – but you are promised spooky surprises, eerie experiments and dramatic demonstrations! Not for the faint hearted

020 7581 1245 £5 a head, £16 a group (up to 5)

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Take a trip across our solar system! This science show looks at the planets, moons, stars
FREE but advance booking essential book on 01865 810 000

book on 01865 810 000

Friday 1 November 11.00 and 1.30 for age 8+ Harwell, Didcot, OX11 0QX


PITT RIVERS Monday 28-Wednesday 30 October 1.00-4.00
Toys for smiles

Donate your own unwanted toys for the children of Syria – make some new ones from recycled materials

BATE COLLECTION Monday 28 October -Friday 1 December 2.00-5.00

Trails, word searches, hands on musical activities

HARCOURT ARBORETUM Tuesday 29 October 1.00-4.00
Autumn art at the Arb! Make the most of autumn colour – follow the trail and enjoy arts activities

BOTANIC GARDEN Wednesday 30 October 11.00-1.00
Pumpkin parade! Make a pumpkin pot for collecting autumn treasures in the garden

ASHMOLEAN Wednesday 30 October – Friday 1 November 1.00-4.00
Flash lights find out about lights, lamps and lanterns around the museum; make your own Diwali lamp or Rangoli pattern

MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE Thursday 31 October – Friday 1 November 1.00-4.00

Big draw – shapes and shadows Make animated drawings with shadow projections, to be included in a Christmas Light Night (Friday 22 November) installation

HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM Saturday 2 November 1.30
Family concert with the Bate collection £10 adults, children FREE

FAMILY LEARNING FESTIVAL & FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL 18 October – 3 November Watch out for more events in Oxford!

Headington Partnership FREE FAMILY MUSIC MORNING on Saturday 9 November at Slade & Headington Children’s Centre – keep the date – more details to follow


All information courtesy of the Extended Schools Partnership – thanks Lesley!

Lib Dems delivering for Britain. Part 5. Your life: culture and sport

Continuing our series of the Lib Dem manifesto in practice

Lib Dem manifesto p.44

“We will maintain free entry to national museums and galleries and open up the Government Art Collection for greater public use.”

We have maintained free entry to national museums and art galleries, and Government Art Collection works are to be shown in a public gallery for the first time.

Lib Dem manifesto p.46

“Use cash in dormant betting accounts to set up a capital fund for improving local sports facilities and supporting sports clubs”

Don Foster is currently conducting a review into dormant betting accounts, due to report soon.